How to Paint Walls and Ceilings

Preparation

    1. The first thing to do before starting any painting job is to ensure that the room has been cleared and all furniture has been removed or moved to the centre of the room and covered up.
    2. Ensure that the floors or carpets have been covered using dust sheets.
    3. The walls may need some preparation where there may be holes or peeling paint and wallpaper. Ensure the holes are filled using interior filler and the any unevenness on walls has been sanded down.
    4. If your existing walls have wallpaper then there are a couple of options available
    • If your existing wallpaper is in good condition then you can paint over them. Darker wallpaper may need a few coats to ensure the colour has been covered properly.
    • If the paper needs to be changed then the existing paper will need to be removed and either replaced with new paper or the walls can be paint on directly if they are in good condition.
    5. Next thing to do is check that you have all of the tools you need to do the job. You will typically need Masking Tape, paint brush cleaning fluid, white spirit, Rollers, Roller sleeves, trays and paint brushes.
    6. When painting ceilings and high walls a ladder or a roller extension pole will also be required.

Painting – Tips and Tricks

    1. If the ceiling requires to be painted then it is best to start off with the ceiling as there will always be drops falling on the walls.
    2. Always use the paint brush and go around the edges and corners with the paint before you start on the flat walls with the rollers.
    3. When painting flat walls paint in a parallel motions either vertically or horizontally. If you have started painting on a wall ensure you finish painting that wall before you decide to take a break.
    4. Ensure you use the right paint brushes as there are many brushes out there that will have bristle loss. This can give the paint job a below average finish and will sometimes leave bristles on the wall. Therefore it is always a good idea to invest in good quality brushes.
    5. When taking breaks between coats, ensure you put the rollers and paint brushes in a plastic bag or wrap them up in cling film to prevent them from drying up.
    6. Paint brushes used with water based paints such as Emulsion and water based gloss paints can be cleaned using water and washing liquid.
    7. Paint brushes used with solvent based paints such as gloss paints and oil paints can be cleaned using a paint brush cleaning fluid and then using water and washing up liquid.

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